New EU law for chrome VI

Published:  18 September, 2013

BLC Technology Centre have advised that the planned EU wide restriction on chrome VI in leather articles; the consultation period for this proposal has now passed and the restriction is to be published in the European Official Journal.

The new requirement prohibits the placing on the market of leather articles and articles containing leather parts if the content of chromium VI is equal to or greater than 3 mg/kg of the total dry weight of leather in the leather article or the leather parts. The restriction will apply to leather parts that under normal or foreseeable use come into contact with the skin. The restriction will not apply to products that are sold as second hand items

The restriction, which will be added to Annex XVII of REACH, should be implemented in 2014.


For more information about chrome VI testing and legislation please contact or call +44 (0) 1604 679999. BLC are UKAS accredited for chrome VI testing to BS EN ISO 17075:2007 the only recognised standard for chrome VI analysis.

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